Category Archives: Other Events

Classics on the Key Car Show for Cystic Fibrosis – April 2, 2017

The Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Classic Car Show at Virginia Key Beach.  It is a great cause and brought closer to home because Delaney, the granddaughter of one of our members, suffers from cystic fibrosis. The  best of class trophies were framed prints by Delaney.  The best of show and Delaney’s choice awards were original artwork by Delaney. It was a great day and if you were lucky enough it was quite an honor to be a winner and all the better to help her win.
Bob Squier



Ocala A.A.C.A. Winter Meet – February 25, 2017

The South Florida Region was well represented at the Winter Meet in Ocala, Florida held on February 25, 2017.  The day started out foggy, but by mid-morning the sun was shining down on the many wonderful vehicles from around the country, and among them were 13 cars from our club. Although many of the vehicles are of the makes and models seen at many of the shows the quality was truly superior.  It was a wonderful show as you will see in the photos that follow.

Bob Squier
Photos by Bob Squier, Luis Fernandez, Bill Thiele and Andy Leavy

24th Annual All British Classic Car Show – February 19, 2017

At the Gold Coast British Car Club’s 24th Annual All British Classic Car show held in Boca Raton the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with five cars in the show along with eight others from the local British Car Club of Miami which came up in a caravan from Miami.; a 61 mile journey. There were many fine British cars from the 40’s to a fresh off the lot Aston Martin.  This year they were honoring the MG “T” Series –MG-TC, MG-TD and MG-TF. For British car lovers it was a treat.  Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Bob Squier

11th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance – February 12, 2017

At the 11th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with four cars in the show and  on the judging teams with 17 of our members judging in 26 classes comprised of some 182 cars.  Once we finished our judging assignments we were free to look over the whole field.  We saw many fine cars from all eras of automotive history.  The Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg display was a real treat.   Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Photos by Bob Squier, Chris Williams, John Layzell, Ira Shapiro, Peter Lacau, and Mel Mann

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival – October 14-16, 2016

It’s becoming a regular event for a number of members of our club to attend and participate in the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival in Lakeland, Florida.  And why not?  It’s one of the most prestigious car shows in the country, second in Florida only to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and certainly one of the largest in the sheer number of cars that are on display in several venues.  The Concours on the Promenade around Lake Mirror has over 100 of the finest examples of antique automobiles ranging from the 1910’s to the early 1970’s, all of them worthy of national awards.  Then on the streets of downtown Lakeland taking up seven city blocks are cars of all types and stripes, from hot rods to customs to modern classics and collectible makes and models.  It is an amazing event that keeps our club members coming back year after year with their cars, or serving as judges, or just to be there to see these beauties.

Philip Williams
Photos by Maurice Hawa, Mel Mann, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Mel Mann standing next to his award winning 1962 Chevrolet Corvette roadster.
Mel Mann driving up to get his award.
The American Excitement 1945-1965 Award.

Now we will have a look at the rest of the show and our other four winners.

Dauer Classic Car Museum Trip – August 27, 2016

On Saturday, August 27, members of the AACA South Florida took a road trip to see the Dr. Eddie Dauer’s private collection of antique cars, housed in a private museum.  We were joined by our friends from the Fort Lauderdale Region, and together about 75 of us enjoyed seeing some of the finest examples of cars ranging in age from 1906 to today, all in settings befitting their era: 50’s convertibles at the drive-in, Cadillac limos lined up outside swanky theatres, station wagons – real woodies included – ready to take the family on vacation.  It was a great time as you can see from the photos.

Dr. Dauer is also one of the leaders of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, now in planning for its eleventh year, to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.  Many of our club members participate as judges and exhibitors, and we’re happy to be a part of this worthy cause.

Philip Williams

Photos by Philip Williams, Al Padilla and Bob Squier

Cars and Cigars – June 19, 2016

Cars and Cigars is an annual event at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove on Father’s Day. This year about 40 cars turned out with a good number from our club. There would have been more, but rain was in the forecast. Fortunately, it did not materialize; the morning was overcast but by noon it was a gorgeous sunny day.  As you will see there was a variety of cars and lots of car talk among the smoke from the cigars and the barbeque.  All in all it was an enjoyable day.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Peking to Paris Rally Links

Congratulations Ed Beiner and Guido Balocco on completing the rally; finishing in 26th overall – 14th in class and winning a Silver Medal.

Ed is the third member of our club to go on this adventure.  He and his business partner Guido Balocco are driving a 1940 Chevrolet Master Coupe.

In 2013 John Layzell and his son Brett competed in a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle and Dirk de Groen and his wife Alexandra in a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 219.

Here are two links for the Peking to Paris Rally.

Peking to Paris Rally homepage.

Tracking Ed Beiner’s progress – click on car 46

Cuban Nostalgia Event – May 20-22, 2016

Some of our members’ cars were under the light this past weekend. The cars were displayed at the Cuba Nostalgia event and showcased indoors at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center located within the Youth Fair Grounds in Miami.

Cuba Nostalgia is held for three days each year to coincide with May 20th, Cuban Independence Day. This year marked the 18th show held in Miami which was previously held at the Coconut Grove Convention Center and directed by Mr. Leslie Pantin, the event founder.

The show is a cultural exposition in which everything Cuban and the Cuban heritage is celebrated to include food, art and music under a yearly theme. The theme for 2016 was “Cuban Drinks”. The Bacardi Group made sure they provided the famous Mojito, Daiquiris and Cuba Libre drinks to compliment this theme.

The 1950’s era vehicles were spotted throughout the venue complementing the various Latin sponsor sites represented at the show. The cars were presented as a courtesy of South Florida Region A.A.C.A. members: Frank L Garcia’s 1954 Buick Skylark, Guy Lewis’s 1931 Ford Roadster and 1956 Chrysler Windsor, Jose Varela’s 1950 Pontiac 2-door coupe and Al Padilla’s 1954 Buick Roadmaster sedan.

The 1931 Ford took the place of Ozzie Nunez 1955 Oldsmobile Holiday which developed mechanical problems prior to the event. The 1956 Ford Thunderbird was loaned by Sergio Martinez to Al Padilla to be displayed at one of the booths.

These 50’ cars added a dimensional and nostalgic feeling to the Cuban people in exile as they took an imaginary trip back to their native country, serving as a reminder of the automobiles they grew up with and left behind. Hoping you enjoy these pictures as we enjoyed the show.

Story and Photos by Al Padilla

Everglades Air Boat Trip – May 15, 2016

The Sunshine Corvette Club invited AACA South Florida members on an air boat adventure at Coopertown in the Everglades on Sunday, May 15.  It was great fun; we learned about the unique ecosystem that is the River of Grass, the history of the native culture in this precious land, and we learned that alligators will come if you know how to call them.  After the ride we learned about the wildlife that inhabits this beautiful and fragile world right on the edge of our town.  Following our adventure in the glades many of us returned to civilization in the form of brunch at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Ron Mitro